Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted crime lord, is revived for a parole hearing well into the 21st century. Revived into a society free from crime, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. John Spartan, the police officer who captured Phoenix in 1996, has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he did not commit. In 2032, the former cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara have merged into peaceful, utopian San Angeles. Unable to stop him with their non-violent solutions, the police release Spartan to help recapture Phoenix. Now after 36 years, Spartan has to adapt himself to the future society he has no knowledge about.Written by
Glenn Shadix (Associate Bob) uses the phrase "greetings and salutations". This was Christian Slater's catchphrase in Heathers (1988). Shadix co-starred in that movie, and it was written by Daniel Waters, who co-wrote this movie. See more »
Simon Phoenix has two different colored eyes, one brown and one blue. In most scenes, the blue eye is the left one. But in two scenes, the blue eye is on the right. See more »
[to John Spartan]
How can you justify destroying a $7 million dollar mini mall to rescue a girl whose ransom was only $25,000 dollars?
FUCK YOU, LADY!
Ha! Good answer!
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The television version omits the refernce that Simon Phoenix makes to cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer. See more »
This film is phenomenal! Funny, action packed and in some ways has almost proved prophetic (check reference to Arnie Presidential library, a terrifying possibility which is looking almost possible!! Bear in mind that this movie was made well before Arnie was heavily involved in politics)! Wesley Snipes is at his hottest in this movie as the evil Simon Phoenix and Stallone is amazing as the "troubled past gunslinger" Spartan. When you factor in a cute and funny Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne as a fascist dictator, it is hard to see how this movie could have been any better. Also the vision of the future provided is both insightful and believable. Ending is a bit corny and "hollywood" but really I think that such a minor flaw is balanced out by the sheer entertainment value of the rest of the film. A brilliant Sci-Fi, much overlooked.
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